Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie

Yep, that’s the name of the famous book. It’s not actually called Peter Pan!

I saw the play at least once long ago, and the Disney movie at least once not so long ago. I was curious to read the book. When I did, several things surprised me.

  • Disney didn’t change the story much; in the book as well as the movie, Nana is a dog, for example, and many other character, setting and plot details line up surprisingly well.
  • The Lost Boys and Peter Pan actually kill pirates. Descriptions of the fights aren’t particularly graphic, but the idea of orphaned children using sharp, deadly weapons on adults—on anyone—is disturbing.
  • The narrator is rather intrusive. Sometimes the effect is humorous, but sometimes it’s just annoying. Children’s books aren’t often written this way anymore.

More on characterization of Peter, Tinker Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Darling, and Hook below.

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Signatrer Dishes

Well, the photo is gorgeous, and the restaurant should definitely get credit for correctly pluralizing “dishes”, but that is not how to spell “signature”.

I think the mistake is a phonetic spelling mistake and not a manual typo. The consonant combination “tr” often sounds like “ch” (listen to yourself saying “treasure” or “train”), so I can imagine someone coming up with this by trying to spell what the word sounds like. The “tu” spelling pattern found in words like “nature/natural”, “picture”, and “adventure” is not all that common.

I took this photo outside a restaurant on Mosque Street in Chinatown. I think the restaurant was Chong Qing Grilled Fish. These onions are probably for flavoring the grilled fish.

In one corner of the menu were a bunch of Chinese characters and the English brand “Classical aftertaste”. I think “Classical flavor” was probably more like what they were aiming for. Or “Classic taste”, maybe.

Chinatown Stroll

My husband and I went with his brother and his brother’s wife to The Loft on Smith Street for coffee and to Tiong Bahru Boneless Chicken Rice, also on Smith Street, for lunch. We also strolled around the area a little.

All the stalls are selling red and gold things with a rooster theme, since fairly soon Singapore will be celebrating the start of the Year of the Rooster.

lucky trinkets for sale on Smith Street
This Singapore hawker stall in Chinatown Complex Food Centre was awarded one Michelin star in 2016.
These probably aren’t Chinese New Year decorations. They’re the “double happiness” character used for weddings.
South Bridge Road decorated for Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)

I don’t have any photos of the rooster lanterns on New Bridge Road. The day was a bit rainy!